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The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.

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Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero

By Ashley Yeager | June 7, 2018

The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.

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Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.

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New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety

By Vicki Brower | June 5, 2018

Drugs approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis block cytokines, the molecules responsible for severe side effects from the immunotherapy, and reduce symptoms in mice.

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A T-Cell Tweak Combats Advanced Breast Cancer

By Ashley Yeager | June 5, 2018

The immunotherapy eliminated a woman’s metastatic lesions and kept her disease-free for two years.

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Immunotherapy Drug Shows Promise for Melanoma, Lung Cancer

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 4, 2018

Merck’s Keytruda extended the lives of lung cancer patients by several months and appeared to stop the progression of advanced melanoma.  

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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Infographic: Gassy Genes

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

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Productivity Paradox

By Jim Daley | June 1, 2018

During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?

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PTSD Circuits

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2018

Watch profilee Israel Liberzon of the University of Michigan discuss his work trying to piece together the neurological routes of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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